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Jessica Wang
Updated Nov 29, 2018 @ 2:54 pm
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Nike and Girlgaze have teamed up for a photo campaign to celebrate local heroes—as well as highlight the footwear brand’s iconic Air Force 1 shoes. In collaboration with Girlgaze’s female photographers, the campaign seeks to bolster unsung heroes doing great things—all while donning their trusty kicks. Among those featured is the iconic 11-year-old Kheris Rogers, who founded #FlexinInHerComplexion and its subsequent clothing line, Flexin’ In My Complexion, after she was bullied for her skin tone.

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Credit: Daria Kobayashi Ritch, Girlgaze for Nike

The campaign highlights local heroes across Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and New York City. Additional names celebrated include Jenny Dembrow, associate executive director at the Lower Eastside Girls Club, Rachel James, creative director and founder of Pear Nova, and Briana Owens, owner of Spiked Spin. Owens launched Spiked Spin, a weekly spin class, due to lack of diversity within the fitness industry.

In each photograph, the local heroes are rocking various Air Force 1s—which first launched in 1982.

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Credit: Kava Gorna, Girlgaze for Nike
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Credit: Heather Hazzan, Girlgaze for Nike
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Credit: Alice Liu, Girlgaze for Nike

Girlgaze enlisted all-female photographers for the campaign, including Thalia Gochez, Daria Kobayashi Ritch, Alice Liu, Alexa Viscius, and more. In a press release sent to HelloGiggles, Nike said of the campaign:

Girlgaze is a global community that seeks to provide jobs for female-identifying creatives. Founded in 2016, the brand’s mission is to “close the gender gap by supporting Gen Z and Millennial creative girls with job opportunities.” Shop some of the Air Force 1s highlighted in the campaign below.

Air Force 1 ’07 Premium Sneaker

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Credit: Nordstrom

Love that gold swoosh.

Air Force 1 Sage High Platform Sneaker

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Credit: Nordstrom

These look like space shoes in the best way.

Air Force 1 ’07 SE Premium Sneaker

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Credit: Nordstrom

Is that rose gold we spy?

SF Air Force 1 High Top Sneaker

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Credit: Nordstrom

These mean business.

We are all for highlighting unsung heroes—and fresh kicks, too.